Phillies jump ahead early, fend off Fish

Jake Arrieta runs in to trouble in sixth for Phillies
Despite racing out to a nine-run lead, the Phillies had to fend off a Marlins offense that ignited in the later innings. Luckily, the Phillies had just a little more power en route to a 12-9 win on Saturday night at Citizens Bank Park.

Nick Williams, Andrew McCutchen, and Rhys Hoskins all homered in the winning effort.

“I think what saved us was our run-scoring ability,” Phillies manager Gabe Kapler said. “The defense was huge, but we swung the bats all the way throughout the game. We never took our foot off the gas pedal and I think that’s the biggest takeaway from the game. It doesn’t matter if you lead 10-1 or 15-1, you never know. You have to stay on it. Stay on it.”

Jake Arrieta secured the win, despite stumbling in the sixth inning when he surrendered four runs on four hits. Afterwards, he revealed he persuaded Kapler to go out for the inning despite having a nine-run lead. The plan didn't work out so well.



“I’m a little frustrated. I wasn't able to put up a clean sixth inning so [Enyel] De Los Santos could come in and finish a 10-1 lead," Arrieta said. "It just didn’t happen. But we won the game and we still have a chance to win the series tomorrow.”

The two clubs conclude their four-game set on Sunday.

Sixty homer club
Hoskins' homer in the eighth was the 60th of his career in his 229th game. Per Elias, that's the second fastest mark in franchise history to reach the 60 homer plateau behind only Ryan Howard who hit his 60th in his 209th game.

Eflin on the bump
Zach Eflin will start for the Phillies on Sunday. He surrendered four runs - three earned - in his last outing on April 23 against the Mets. He walked one and struck out three. For the year, he's 2-3 with a 4.15 ERA over five starts. He's struggled over his career against the Marlins, pitching to a 5.52 ERA in five starts.

Sunday's lineup
McCutchen 8
Segura 6
Harper 9
Hoskins 3
Williams 7
Hernandez 4
Knapp 2
Franco 5
Eflin 1
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BY PATRICK GORDON
Managing Editor
pgordon@philadelphiabaseballreview.com

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